The Witcher is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a visually stunning fantasy universe, full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter tasked with finding a child from an ancient prophecy.
User reviews: Very Positive (8,737 reviews)
Release Date: May 18, 2015

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May 25

Patch 1.04 for PC out now!

The patch 1.04 for PC is available for download now. Please find the list of changes below:

  • Rebinding of all keys is now available after switching on the ‘Unlock Bindings’ option in the Options\Key Bindings submenu.
  • Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused dialogue looping in certain scenes.
  • Fixes an issue with incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors after they were affected by the Axii Sign.
  • Corrects a bug that caused spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.
  • 1280 x 720 resolution is now properly displayed as a valid resolution option.
  • Fixes boat stuttering in cutscenes.
  • Texture rendering quality for the high and ultra presets has been improved.
  • Further improvements made in NVIDIA Hairworks performance.
  • A few additional gwent cards are now available in the Prologue area.
  • Fixes an issue where users with usernames incorporating non-Latin characters were unable to import saves from The Witcher 2.
  • Includes a series of overall stability and performance improvements.
  • Fixes issues related to alt + tabbing and minimizing the game window.
  • Updates the game icon.
  • Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.
  • Fixes an issue where, in certain circumstances, the comparison window could extend beyond the game borders in the UI.
  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.
  • Introduces small tweaks in the UI for gwent.
  • Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.

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May 21

Patch 1.03 is now available!

This update introduces a range of stability and performances ehancements as well as allows users to take advantage of some additional graphics settings.

Please find the detailed list of fixes below:

  • Improves stability in gameplay and the UI
  • Improves performance especially in cutscenes and gameplay
  • Fixes grass and foliage popping that could occur after density parameters were changed
  • Improves Nvidia Hairworks performance
  • Boosted texture anisotropy sampling to 16x on Ultra preset
  • Sharpen Post-process settings extended from Off/On to Off/Low/High
  • Blood particles will now properly appear after killing enemies on the water
  • Corrects a bug where player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs
  • Improves menu handling
  • Corrects an issue with Stamina regeneration while sprinting
  • Fixes a cursor lock issue that sometimes occcured when scrolling the map
  • Generally improves world map focus
  • Improves input responsiveness when using keyboard
  • Corrects some missing translations in the UI
  • Corrects an issue in dialogue selections
  • Rostan Muggs is back
  • Minor SFX improvements

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About This Game

The Witcher: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher you play as the professional monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, viking pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.

PLAY AS A HIGHLY TRAINED MONSTER SLAYER FOR HIRE
Trained from early childhood and mutated to gain superhuman skills, strength and reflexes, witchers are a distrusted counterbalance to the monster-infested world in which they live.
  • Gruesomely destroy foes as a professional monster hunter armed with a range of upgradeable weapons, mutating potions and combat magic.
  • Hunt down a wide range of exotic monsters from savage beasts prowling the mountain passes to cunning supernatural predators lurking in the shadows of densely populated towns.
  • Invest your rewards to upgrade your weaponry and buy custom armour, or spend them away in horse races, card games, fist fighting, and other pleasures the night brings.

EXPLORE A MORALLY INDIFFERENT FANTASY OPEN WORLD
Built for endless adventure, the massive open world of The  Witcher sets new standards in terms of size, depth and complexity.
  • Traverse a fantastical open world: explore forgotten ruins, caves and shipwrecks, trade with merchants and dwarven smiths in cities, and hunt across the open plains, mountains and seas.
  • Deal with treasonous generals, devious witches and corrupt royalty to provide dark and dangerous services.
  • Make choices that go beyond good & evil, and face their far-reaching consequences.

CHASE DOWN THE CHILD OF PROPHECY
Take on the most important contract to track down the child of prophecy, a key to save or destroy this world.
  • In times of war, chase down the child of prophecy, a living weapon of power, foretold by ancient elven legends.
  • Struggle against ferocious rulers, spirits of the wilds and even a threat from beyond the veil – all hell-bent on controlling this world.
  • Define your destiny in a world that may not be worth saving.

FULLY REALIZED NEXT GENERATION
  • Built exclusively for next generation hardware, the REDengine 3 renders the world of The Witcher visually nuanced and organic, a real true to life fantasy.
  • Dynamic weather systems and day/night cycles affect how the citizens of the towns and the monsters of the wilds behave.
  • Rich with storyline choices in both main and subplots, this grand open world is influenced by the player unlike ever before.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
    • Hard Drive: 35 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
    • Hard Drive: 35 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
582 of 640 people (91%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
For me this is the best Single Player game, I've ever played.

Storyline - 10/10
Story is presented in a very nice form. In most of the dialogue you can choose what to say. We have many ways to pass the mission. We can do it quietly or killing everyone. Each mission is interesting and different than earlier. The story is for 20h game without sidequests. We also have mini games like cards (Gwent).

Gameplay - 9/10
Beautiful world giving many opportunities for the player. We can explore caves, forests, mountains, helping peoples and doing much more things. The map is 30 times bigger than in the previous part. Crafting and Alchemy are more important, we also can upgrade swords, armors and signs. These sandbox gives many, many opportunities. Fight feeling is pleasant. Sometimes we are blocking on a small obstacle but in comparison to other games it is not very annoying.

Characters - 10/10
Each character has its own charm. Characters are well matched to the storyline and to the environment. We can decide who will be our enemy and who is our friend. We also can choose the path of the main character. Character (mainly Geralt's) and monsters doing really great feeling, details are amazing.

Graphics - 10/10
Graphics in this game is amazing. Even the smallest details are well refined, for example when we move the grass moves with us. Graphics capabilities used in 100%. The movement of water clouds are very well refined, falling leaves, changing weather make a huge impression.

Sounds - 10/10
Music and ambient sounds in this game is great fits. We can listen medieval music which is selected for each moment of the game. Animals noises are natural. The monsters sounds are really threatening. Character voices are well selected and fit into personalities.

Overall - 10/10
If you are thinking about purchase this game, if you like open world and action RPG games, I would recommend these game for you, and I guarantee a lot of fun comes from that game. These game is masterpiece.
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307 of 330 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
73.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Honestly this game is brilliant. I'm 30 hours in and feel like I have not even started yet. The maps are huge, and quite intimidating. There are lots of things to see and places to explore. Sometimes randomly exploring places you will find a hidden letter or item that leads you on a new quest. Speaking of quests, the secondary ones tie in beautifully with the main story and feel like they have meaning and purpose behind them. The visuals are stunning, especially if you have a rig capable of using HairWorks and HBAO+ to their full potential. The day/night cycle on top of the changing weather conditions really engross you in the world. The sound, both ambient and effects, are all awe inspiring. Just listening to the wind blow the trees, the village sounds of hammer on steel and axe on wood, even the gentle noises your horse makes as you travel is just very immersing.

The story telling is one of the major positives for me personally. All the NPC’s really come alive with the texture and detail on their faces, CD Projekt RED did a great job with that. The voice acting is great, much better than Witcher 2 and feels far more professional. All of the conversation options are well thought out, and there are plenty of decisions with some severe consequences depending on the way you play it. If you import a Witcher 2 save, you will have a few surprises and reappearances as well.

Combat is solid, it takes a little practice to get to grips with the dodging, parrying, and when to use the signs effectively, but once you work it out you will love fighting some mobs. The skill tress are varied and in-depth, and you can really tailor your play style by equipping/unequipping specific skills for different scenarios. Using mutagens to further develop and buff your abilities.

There is so much more I could talk about like Gwent, the card game, bartering/intimidation mechanics, boat sailing, all the crafting and potions, but you need to play it yourself to really appreciate it. Hopefully with further updates and user mods the game will continue to improve and evolve.

There are not many negatives, mostly performance related which, as of writing, a lot of have been fixed already with v1.03.
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395 of 441 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
92.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This game is a masterpiece. It is possible that it is the greatest rpg game ever. Side quests are not boring, the game world is huge, weapons are great and combat although has some minor problems, is glorious. No game is perfect, this game has some problems, but the combination of great atmosphere, depth story, attention to details, quest diversity, sound, voice acting, music, monsters, weapons, armors, storms, Roach (the Horse) and of course the best mini game I have ever encounter in a video game : Gwent. All of this plus dozens of other great things add up and to give 10/10 masterpiece.

***Keep reading for a few more details if you are interested:

• Side Quests: I will not specifically mention any side quest because I don’t want to spoil anything. But I have to praise the quality of the side quests. I have played a lot of rpg’s in my life, and I have never encountered one whose secondary quests are so well written. Even the smallest one of them have something interesting, for example a dead guy can have a note on his body which narrates something related to his final demise. Also, I’m not exaggerating when I said that the stories of this quests are amazing, going even head to head with main stories of other games. (Some of these quests endure 2 or 3 or more hours). Also, the main quests are amazing.

• Monsters: Yes, there are monsters in this game, and you will hunt them down and probably kill them (occasionally you may let them live if you choose so). But the best part is that you can track this monsters down with something similar to “detective mode”, which will give you hints of what kind of monster you are tracking, also villagers may help to determine of what kind it is. And there is strategy in this: monsters have weakness to something, it varies from monster to monster. To learn about this weaknesses you can read the “bestiary”, which is a log of entries that have descriptions, histories and details of monsters. There are necrophages, specters, giants, insectoids, draconoids and many others. You mostly track them down by accepting or taking Witcher Contracts.

• Potions, Crafting, Alchemy: Yes this game has all of this. I as a player usually don’t waste time with alchemy, but I really enjoy it in this game. There are dozens of potion recipes and diagrams for armor, and swords that you will encounter in the game world. And they are meaningful, not like in Skyrim, were you have like a million useless potion in your pockets. In here I actually use them, especially while fighting monsters. For example, there a different kind of oils that can be applied to your swords, each one add damage bonus to a specific kind of enemy.

• Graphics, sounds and music: Yes, I was a little bit disappointed when I saw all of the graphic downgrade posts and news, and yes there is some downgrade if you compare the game with the e3 trailers. Now that said, even with the downgrade, the graphics have remained impressive. Armors, lighting, reflections all of them looks well. The game atmosphere is amazing, there are storms, strong winds, rain, thunders and even the occasional fog is some areas. So don’t let the “graphic downgrade” thing affect your judgement of this game. It’s pretty. The sound is top quality too. And the music is also top quality.

Combat: The combat control is not perfect, specially the first few hours. But as you become more familiar with controls you will really enjoy and master its mechanics.

•Geralt of Rivia: And remember you are a Witcher, a guy who is basically an expert swordsman and alchemist, but at the same time have some basic knowledge of magic spells (like kinetic blasts and fire bursts). This is not an rpg were you create a character, in here you play with a forced role, you play as Geralt of Rivia and you have no choice in that matter. But this is not a bad thing. You will feel like Geralt and live as him…and decides like him. Geralt will have to deal with hundreds of choices in his adventure, those choices have different outcomes. If you had never played any Witcher games, let’s said that this is something similar to mass effect choices (but better). Also, you can import your save files from Witcher 2, so decision in there has some interesting outcomes in Witcher 3. If you have never played any witcher game, don’t worry, you will still understand the game.

• Progress: Yes there is ability tree and all that stuff, so you as you gain xp you can invest points in different abilities like magic, combat and alchemy (and a general attribute section).

• Gwent: This is an in game card mini game. I’m one of those guys who usually ignores all mini games in games. But you should try Gwent. It has a lot of depth and strategy. At the beginning it may be difficult, but as you progress you will earn new cards that will help you in your Gwent career…try the mini game, is amazing.
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296 of 323 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
77.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
The amount of content you get for your money is unbelievable. Every sidequest is interesting, something I have never seen in my entire gamerlife.

10/10
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427 of 492 people (87%) found this review helpful
159 people found this review funny
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Witcher games are like adult movie with a good story. You went for the boobies, but stayed for the plot.

9.8/10
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387 of 449 people (86%) found this review helpful
151 people found this review funny
119.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
64 hours

far from finished

cant stop

pls send help
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530 of 634 people (84%) found this review helpful
135 people found this review funny
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
- Finds an abandoned village which is overrun by Ghouls.
- Decides to deal with them and save the village.
- Dies once beacuse my horse kicked me.
- Manages to save the village later and everyone moves in.
- Talks to a peasant who says “Thank you Geralt, for everything.” and “Godspeed your work!”
- Then as I turn around to get on my horse he silently says "Freak" and spits.

11/10 would liberate villagers to be called freak again.
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867 of 1,089 people (80%) found this review helpful
278 people found this review funny
56.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Just saw 2 rabbits having sex.

10/10
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184 of 205 people (90%) found this review helpful
85 people found this review funny
58.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
The cons of getting this game:
- Week's worth of lost wages from not showing up to work.
- Gaining 3 pounds from junk food to subsist during marathon play sessions
- Ire of friends for rejecting their social outing requests
- Muscle atrophy from ditching gym for a week.
-Dark circles under eyes
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Pros:
-Getting to play this masterpiece.

10/10 would sacrifice again.
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481 of 607 people (79%) found this review helpful
102 people found this review funny
69.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Sold CS:GO knife for this RPG masterpiece
10/10
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149 of 170 people (88%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
97.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
I liked taking walks to watch the sunrise and sunset before I purchased this game. Now I just bask in the beautiful sun rising and setting over the Northern Realm.
100/10

Seriously, this game is ridiculously good. It definitely sets apart from other games in RPG. Actually in my honest opinion, this game should be a genre of its own. The story telling is ineffably amazing! Even the decisions you made in Witcher 2 can alter the universe in Witcher 3. That's just mind blowing. I am definitely going to finish Witcher 2 after completing Witcher 3, then replay Witcher 3 with the saved files and see how different Witcher 3 will be.

The quests in this game are always changing and exciting. I am a big fan of RPGs and have played several RPGs including Skyrim, Fallout, etc. but have always felt the stories were not captivating enough. I fell in love with this game after putting in 10-15 hours doing main and supplementary quests, slaying monsters on easy mode as I picked up the game mechanics. I have put in now 50 hours into the game over the past 5 days and have never felt bored or repetitive, and I don't even think I am halfway through the game yet. Each quest has a storyline that really hooks and connects you to the universe of the Witcher series whether it's a main quest or a side quest. Heck, I've done some quests that literally feature everything you can think of - slaying vampire, drunken sex with a transgendered elf (accidental of course), staging a play, watching somebody performing an autopsy, and many many more.

Lastly, I am no English major but I find the writing in this game sensational! Reading glossary on different characters and monsters and listening attentively to the dialogue are extremely satisfying and enjoyable. Even the love letter you looted from a corpse or note collected from a throng of bandits are worthwhile to read thoroughly. And who freaking knew there could be so many kinds of monsters - specters, ogroids, insectoids, draconids, etc. After this game if there ever was an apocalypse, I definitely will be the monster slayer guru.

If you are still for some reason wondering whether to pick up this game, I hope you'll find this review helpful. I seriously think this game is worth a lot more than $60 and I was happy to pre-order this game for $54. I am definitely picking up the DLCs.

TLDR: Game is amazingly well-written through both main and side quests. Game developers were very thorough. Pick up this game.

EDIT: Finished the game at 85 hours. Definitely was an emotional roller coaster, to say the least. Spent the following hour wandering around to finish random side quests but couldn't do it, felt so empty. Decided to buy Witcher 1 on Steam at full price to play the game despite its clunky mechanism, as well as the books and the comics. Also found out 16 free DLCs will be released before Heart of Stone. Definitely worth the purchase, down to every penny.

Now back to applying for jobs.
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138 of 156 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Dialogue/story, atmosphere, combat and graphics are all absolutely incredible.

This WILL go down as one of the best RPG's of all time.

10/10 for the witcher, Geralt of rivia!
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111 of 122 people (91%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I have waited for this game since i finished the Witcher when it came out. Yes there was The Witcher 2, but i have waited for open world Witcher game since then. And finally my wait is over.

This game is amazing. Finally we see Ciri and Yennefer, two major characters which did not appear in previous games and i so wanted to see them in a game. Second game was too linear and short for me. It had very little content, no real cities etc. I wanted to feel that Witcher soul, like in the books, all the traveling on horses, coming to the village which is filthy and devastated by poverty. You see all the blood, racism and cruelty.

This is the first open world Witcher game. And the world is huge. It is pleasure to explore that huge world. Sometimes you find awesome treasures and sometimes you meet a quick death and sometimes you feel like a hero when you encounter some bandits and slaughter them chopping off their heads. The world is so alive and full of various creatures and monsters. Sometimes you don‘t even want to fast travel and you just ride the Roach (a horse name haha) and admire the beautiful world. The one of the best experience for me was when i have arrived into the small village at 4am. Everyone was sleeping, it was so peaceful and silent. Even the wind has calmed down. There was only one sound - a mosquito buzzing. That feel was amazing.

The one thing everyone talks the most is the graphics. Some people are very unhappy that graphics was downgraded. Yes of course this was not a very nice move from CDPR that they promised better graphics and the final game came with worse graphics. But the graphics are still amazing. It‘s not revolutionary, but it looks really really good. You want to take screenshots one after another. If only there would be an option to turn off the hud with one button. Or even better – a photo mode like in Shadows of mordor. In short the game is gorgeous. Character models are good, but they could use some work. Same goes for trees. But this is only a very small flaw which is not very important.
The performance is pretty good also. It could be better, but you can comfortably play while having a good graphics. Hairworks takes ~15fps away, but it looks really cool, i keep it on and have lowered some other less noticeable graphics options like shadows.

Sound is another great aspect of this game. It makes the wonderful (a dreadful and horrible really) world even more alive. You hear the wind, the birds chirping, the monsters aaaaand the people spitting. The voice acting is good and it makes the awesome dialogues even more interesting.

I didn‘t finished the game yet, but the story looks very interesting so far. Especially the side quests. This game has the best side quests ever. They‘re funny, cruel, sad and sometimes ridiculous (in a good way). The world of Witcher is very dark, full of torture, ♥♥♥♥, violence and death. I love that CDPR made the world how it‘s supposed to be. The world changes after your decisions. You come back and you see that some things changed because of you.

The Witcher 3 also is good for time travel. You sit to play for half an hour and suddenly you see you played for 3 hours.

I love the combat in this game. Yes it could use some work, but i like it. It‘s fun to fight some stronger monsters. Maybe it‘s a bit hard against a group of weaker enemies, like Nekkers, but if you think before the fight you will manage. I love that they designed this game to be played using a controller.

The Witcher 3 also has a game inside a game. It is called gwent. It‘s a card game and it can be really addicting.

So far for me this is the best RPG ever made. I just can‘t think of better RPG game. It has everything – good story, graphics, gameplay, combat, world, characters.

9,5/10 Amazing. Thank you CDPR for this game. Definitely will buy the DLC.
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110 of 123 people (89%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
95.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I wish I could erase my memory so I can experience this game for the first time again.

10/10 would Witcher again.
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147 of 175 people (84%) found this review helpful
82 people found this review funny
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
It's Dragon Age: Inquisition's older sister that actually knows how to suck a ♥♥♥♥ right.
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106 of 119 people (89%) found this review helpful
106 people found this review funny
75.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
It only took me 40 hours to see a sex scene







Except if you count seeing 2 bunnies humping each other
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109 of 126 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
By now, you've read many small reviews praising the game, and some highlighting the flaws as well (since there is no perfect game). But there's one thing that needs to be said about high profile RPGs like this one, something that many others ultimately falls short on that The Witcher 3 picks up, even holding it high above its head as if in triumph.

That is, side quests are actually worth the time , not only in the experience and/or money you gain from participating in, but that the smaller stories are actually engaging. Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most profound example of 2014 in terms of terrible and boring chores, so mundane, so devoid of life or purpose they shouldn't even be regarded as side quests. There's no gathering quests and cookie cutter "Kill X of Y, and return to Z" style missions; every small deviation from the main road feel like smaller roads, with attention to detail. The lore of the game is just that robust.
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258 of 339 people (76%) found this review helpful
76 people found this review funny
160.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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Yeah I am never gonna finish this game..........
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132 of 160 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
80.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Best. Game. Ever. Made.
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187 of 244 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Out of the hundreds of games I've played, this one is in the top 5 easily.

Sets new standard for rpgs. 11/10
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